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Administrative Unit: Physical and Biological Sciences Department
Course Prefix and Number: FRSC 430L
Course Title: Forensic Chemistry II Lab
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 3
Catalog Description:

A survey of the methods used in the analysis of chemical and trace evidence encountered in the forensic laboratory. Offered Spring.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

FRSC 425, 425L. Co-requisite with FRSC 430

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Offered Spring.

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Use of a textbook in this course is left to the discretion of the

Lab Manual for Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science
By Meloan, James, Brettell & Saferstein (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives

  • To establish good laboratory practices.
  • To effectively evaluate and prepare various types of forensic samples for further analysis.
  • To evaluate trace forensic evidence using microscopic and wet chemical techniques.
  • To describe schemes for the analysis various types of trace forensic evidence.

    Measurable Learning

  • Analyze impression and physical match evidence.
  • Analyze trace evidence using microscopic and instrumental techniques.
  • Evaluate unknown evidence and prepare forensic laboratory reports.
  • Give expert testimony in a mock trial scenario.

    Topical Outline:

  • Stereomicroscopy
  • Physical match
  • Chemical spot tests
  • Ammunition components
  • Shooting distance determination
  • Fingerprints
  • Hairs
  • Fibers
  • Glass
  • Chemical microscopy of explosives
  • Paints


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 16

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Melinda McPherson Date: October 31, 2014
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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